Talking Leaders

We know how valuable it can be to hear from inspirational businesses and individuals, which is why we are pleased to present Talking Leaders, a bimonthly initiative that will see a series of exciting and thought-provoking speakers share their life experiences and deliver impactful stories to the AgriLeader community. 

Upcoming events

Future events:

  • Sir John Jones, sportsman, educational professional and inspirational speaker
  • Sharon BlyfieldHead of Early Careers Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Limited and Barbara Bray, Director at Alo Solutions Ltd.

Previous events

Negotiation – how to get the results you want: Nick Davies

Thursday 16 December 2021

In December 2021, Nick Davies, author of ‘How to be Great at the Stuff You Hate: the straight-talking guide to persuading, selling & networking’ and trainer of communication skills to members of The Royal Household, joined us for our Talking Leaders broadcast.

Catch up with the recording to pick up some top tips on how you can hone your negotiation skills to get the result you want.


Staying at the top of your mountain: Chemmy Alcott

Thursday 21 October 2021

Chemmy Alcott is an English former World Cup alpine ski racer and a fiercely determined and courageous sportswoman. As the only British female skier to ever win a run in a World Cup, she is widely regarded as one of Britain’s greatest ever skiers.

Having broken 49 bones, Chemmy is no stranger to adversity and remains committed to inspiring the next generation and educating people from all over the world through sport.

Catch up with the broadcast to find out what it took for Chemmy to become so successful and how you can apply some of her tips to stay at the top of your game.


Who says farmers won't meditate: Holly Beckett, Project Director at Focussed Farmers

Thursday 19 August 2021

Holly undertook a Nuffield Farming Scholarship in 2015. The focus of her scholarship was identifying what physical practices and tools could be introduced into farm businesses to develop more consistent leadership and improve work-life balance.

The findings were that mindfulness training provided huge benefits to business performance, productivity and profitability, as well as improving people's overall well-being.

During this event Holly provided some insight and tips that you can implement to help manage difficult situations and improve your focus, including a two-minute taster meditation!

If you'd like to try a short meditation, why not try one of these from Focussed Farmers?


Because I can: Tim Bradshaw

Thursday 17 June 2021

Tim Bradshaw is a British army officer and Everest mountaineer. During this event, Tim discussed how to deal with a crisis and cope with situations where a carefully laid-out plan has been ruined by factors outside of your control – how you deal with it, how you keep moving forward and how you bring your team with you.


Get in touch

If you would like more information, contact Mark Campbell:

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Mark Campbell

Knowledge Exchange Manager - AgriLeader

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